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Bruins close to final roster

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  September 25, 2013 12:36 PM

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The Bruins have completed practice at TD Garden and are traveling to Winnipeg this afternoon. They will play the Jets in Winnipeg tomorrow. The rematch is Friday in Saskatoon.

The Bruins’ opening night roster is most likely set. Here is the lineup from today’s practice:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson
Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Reilly Smith
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Matt Fraser-Matt Lindblad-Nick Johnson
Ryan Spooner-Jordan Caron

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
Matt Bartkowski-Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask
Chad Johnson
Niklas Svedberg

* The third line, which had two openings before camp, appears locked up. Carl Soderberg and Reilly Smith will be Chris Kelly’s wings. Soderberg could see time on the No. 2 power-play unit. Smith could see some penalty-killing shifts like Rich Peverley did in previous seasons.

* Matt Bartkowski projects to be the No. 7 defenseman. Bartkowski and Torey Krug have been very good in camp. Krug’s power-play touch, however, gives him the edge over Bartkowski. Krug will be the quarterback on the No. 1 unit.

* Chad Johnson is the likely backup goalie.

* The final fight is for the spare forward position. Nick Johnson and Jordan Caron are the two likely finalists. Both would require waivers to be assigned to Providence. Matt Fraser, Matt Lindblad, and Ryan Spooner are on their entry-level deals.

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